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2:30 PM ET, October 30, 2009

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Washington Post:
Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry  —  House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Seven members of House defense subcommittee scrutinized by ethics investigators  —  Separate probes focus on ties to lobbying firm founded by Hill aide  —  Nearly half the members of a powerful House subcommittee in control of Pentagon spending are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress …
Eric Zimmermann / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: Paying for Afghanistan
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010  —  Subway Series: Former Dem Veep Candidate Plans to Campaign for GOP  —  Sounding more like an independent than a Democrat, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., tells ABC News he will campaign for some Republican candidates during the 2010 midterm elections …
Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Deal Reached in Honduras to Restore Ousted President  —  MEXICO CITY — A lingering political crisis in Honduras seemed to be nearing an end on Friday after the de facto government agreed to a deal that would allow Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, to return to office.
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
A Diplomatic Coup for the Obama Team.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Pataki endorses Hoffman  —  Former New York Gov. George Pataki endorsed Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman tonight, the clearest sign yet that even the most establishment New York Republicans now view Hoffman as having the best shot at preventing a Democrat from winning next Tuesday's special election.
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Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
Toward a General Theory of Democratic Disgruntlement, Part 2
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Daily Dish
WSYR-TV:
23rd Congressional debate held on NewsChannel 9
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Huckabee hearts no one in N.Y. 23rd
Discussion: RedState
The Politico:
In shift, GOP leaders embrace Hoffman
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Defining Moment  —  O.K., folks, this is it.  It's the defining moment for health care reform.  —  Past efforts to give Americans what citizens of every other advanced nation already have — guaranteed access to essential care — have ended not with a bang, but with a whimper …
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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Stimulus creates 650,000 jobs  —  White House releases first broad look at stimulus-funded employment, focusing on $150 billion in spending.  —  WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) — The largest stimulus program in the nation's history has created or saved at least 650,000 state and local jobs …
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Political Punch:
ABC News Poll: More Americans Prefer Public Option to Bipartisan Bill  —  In our most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll respondents were asked:  —  “Which of these would you prefer - (a plan that includes some form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can't get affordable …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Opt-out divides Schumer and Emanuel
Discussion: Mouth of the Potomac and The Page
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Chris Christie: Man, am I fat  —  I couldn't agree more with Cavuto: This is a brilliant piece of retail politics, turning Corzine's lame digs at his weight into a high-profile opportunity to charm voters.  The tone is exactly right and the jokes are actually funny, and he makes sure …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: What NY-23 means
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
The White House Stupidly Goes To War With Car Web Site Edmunds.com  —  It is an odd, and we'd say regrettable, pattern of this White House that it lets itself get dragged down into fights with specific media outlets.  —  George W. Bush experienced acrimony with the New York Times …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did White House pressure NYT into changing Dover story?  —  Originally, the New York Times reported on President Barack Obama's visit to Dover AFB and the arrival of fallen serviceman by explaining that the White House wanted Obama to be seen as concerned and aware of the sacrifices made in America's war policies:
Michael W. McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
The Pay Czar Is Unconstitutional  —  Kenneth Feinberg hasn't been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Last week's announcement that “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg slashed compensation for executives at seven large financial firms by an average of 50% stunned Wall Street …
Associated Press:
Clinton Faces Pakistani Anger at Drone Attacks  —  ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came face-to-face Friday with simmering Pakistani anger over U.S. aerial drone attacks in their country and drew back slightly from her blunt remarks suggesting Pakistani officials know where terrorists are hiding.
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CNN:
Clinton: I didn't come to Pakistan for ‘happy talk’
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Pat Robertson on hate crimes bill: ‘The noose has tightened around the necks of Christians.’  —  Yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network, televangelist Pat Robertson aired a segment slamming President Obama for signing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Shakesville
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on Obama's Afghanistan ‘drift’  —  Old Soviet joke:  —  Moscow, 1953.  Stalin calls in Khrushchev.  —  “Niki, I'm dying.  Don't have much to leave you.  Just three envelopes.  Open them, one at a time, when you get into big trouble.”  —  A few years later, first crisis.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Tenacity Question  —  Today, President Obama will lead another meeting to debate strategy in Afghanistan.  He will presumably discuss the questions that have divided his advisers: How many troops to commit?  How to define plausible goals?  Should troops be deployed broadly or just in the cities and towns?
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Fox News Poll: Most Blame Bush for Economy  —  Here's a somewhat surprising result from the new Fox News poll.  Asked which president is “more responsible for the current state of the economy,” only 18 percent say President Obama.  Fifty-eight percent say former President George W. Bush.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jeb Bush: Obama trying to ‘attack capitalism’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Since his brother left office in January, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been mostly diplomatic when discussing the Obama administration.  —  On Wednesday, he took a sharper tone.  —  During remarks to a U.S. Chamber …
Discussion: Wonkette and Shakesville
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Running?  Really?  —  As you see, the news today is that Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: Capitol Watch
Washington Post:
White House announces end to HIV travel ban
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
David Ignatius on why Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
CBO: Public option premiums higher than private plans
Discussion: New York Times, QandO and Ezra Klein
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Brutal ruling quashes birthers' suit
Discussion: Politics Daily